Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Take me out to the ballgame

Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,
I don't care if I never get back,
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don't win it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game.

These are some photos from my trip to Autozone Park Sunday to see the AAA Memphis Redbirds.

This guy in the middle was wearing a #5 Pujols jersey. When he saw my camera, he turned around and posed. I remember thinking I'll never even process this shot, but I took it anyway. Somehow, I felt he would be disappointed if I didn't. When I came home and looked at it, something about it appealed to me -- his excitement about going to a baseball game, I suppose, or perhaps the fact his mother seemed so proud of him. I included it in the collage you see. Picasa put him right in the middle. I clicked on "shuffle" and it moved the other images, but left him in the center. I tried shuffle one more time. When he was still in the middle, I gave up. He was just destined to be prominent on my web site.

In the collage above, the little girl (lower left) threw out the first pitch. I had to shoot it through the netting that protects spectators from being hit by a ball. It's a shame, because it would have been a strong photo, otherwise. Still, it was good enough for a collage.

(Above) The pitcher winds up, he throws, it's in there for strike three.

This batter (above) is Brett Wallace. He is highly rated, and was the cornerstone of the trade in which the St. Louis Cardinals received Matt Holliday from Oakland.

Do you see the red seat? The Redbirds have won the Pacific Coast League one time (since moving to Memphis from Louisville KY). The last game of that series was a 12-inning affair decided by a home run that landed in that seat. You may have heard of the player who hit the home run: Albert Pujols.


  1. Mojo. Nice pictures.

    Ref: Second set. Upper left picture. Upper left section.

    A ball diamond. Stands. Upper left is a string of buildings beyond the fence, then a far distant group of buildings.

    The string of buildings seems slightly out of focus or some how disturbing on the inner end of the string.

    Lens problem in that area?

  2. @TenMile: Thx for the compliment. RE your question: I'm at work, but I'll look at that photo when I get home. Can't tell from the collage.

  3. I'd say you had one heck of a good time at the ball game!

    Love the collages...gives your viewer a real sense of what was going on!

  4. That looks like a great ball park . I assume if its the Pacific Coast League thats triple A ball??

  5. Great pics. That little boy is a cutie. Kids usually have no problem posing when they see a camera LOL

  6. Hey, nice photos! I'm a little surprised about the turnout though - most of the seats are actually empty. what gives?


  7. @Jacob: Yes, enjoyed it

    @dbcooper: Yes they are AAA. Players go from here to the big leagues.

    @Joxum: yes, attendance was awful. I know it was hot, etc. but still...

    @jusdealem: yes they do.

  8. Pretty color in these photos! We always walk by there when we visit Memphis, but I have never been inside. In fact, once we were nearly trampled by an unruly horse and buggy right by the entrance, and I was too stunned to get a photo of it. Dang!